What to Do When You Have No Motivation

A lack of motivation can sometimes be the biggest obstacle to overcome. Being unmotivated may hinder our progress on goals, work, and daily responsibilities. If you are dealing with being unmotivated take a step back, and find the origin of why you’re unmotivated, after observing the reasons you can then work out a helpful strategy to regain motivation. Take note that one strategy may not work for everyone, it may take a bit of trying different strategies to find which one works best for you.

Causes of Being Unmotivated

Being unmotivated may be due to other conditions, or it may simply be just that “unmotivated”. Here is a list of the most common reasons people may become unmotivated.

  • Avoidance of discomfort
  • Self-doubt
  • Being over-extended
  • Lack of commitment to a goal
  • Mental health issues

Ways to Combat Being Unmotivated

  • Act as if you feel motivated
  • Argue the opposite
  • Practice self-compassion
  • Use the 10 minute rule
  • Go for a walk in nature
  • Pair a dreaded task with something you enjoy
  • Manage your to-do list
  • Practice self-care
  • Reward yourself for working

Sometimes being unmotivated can cloud our joy and take us away from our goals. It’s important to know that this can be fixed with a little bit of mental work, observing the origins of why you feel this way, and practicing the strategies in the list above. Being unmotivated may have no underlying cause, and in this case it may just take a little bit more self-care. If you are struggling with being unmotivated due to a mental health condition, or if you are in crisis, do not hesitate to reach out for support by calling  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline at 1-800-662-4357 for assistance.

Reference: https://www.verywellmind.com/what-to-do-when-you-have-no-motivation-4796954


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